Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track!
Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track, Maine's best bet for live harness racing action since 1950! 2015 marks our 65th year operating as a small, family business in beautiful Scarborough, Maine, offering exciting racing from March 28 - December 6, 2015, with simulcasting of thoroughbred and harness tracks from around North America, 7 days a week, 363 days a year.
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Switzer Sizzles on Saturday!
Kevin Switzer, Jr absolutely dominated the Saturday (6/27) twilight card claiming victory in 5 of the 8 dashes programmed, including both features! Here he uses all his powers of persuasion to get Glow Stick up for her 5th consecutive score in the Distaff Free For All! What a day at the races! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Smile Pretty for the Camera!
They saved the best for last on Friday (6/26) as Drew Campbell and Want A Smile (right) held off a determined charge from the David Ingraham driven Heaven Touched to claim the 3/4-length victory! The win was one of two on the card for Campbell who remains at the top of the charts in the drivers standings! - photo by Derek Davis.
Kids LOVE the Ponies!
Hardcore Race Winner!
HardcorJohnyPawn won his third race in a row at the Downs on Thursday (6/25) as the three-year-old son of Rare Bunny concluded his preps for his upcoming Maine Sire Stakes engagements. The 2015 Sire Stakes season gets underway in just one week so mark your calendars and get ready for some HOME GROWN Harness Racing Excitement! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Littlest Fan!
Harness Racing fans come in all shapes and sizes, and come to think of it, ages as well! One of our youngest fans found the perfect spot to catch the start of the seventh on the Father's Day program and from the way she's clutching that program she had the winner well handicapped too! Kids love the horses and its always a Family Affair at the Downs! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Sweet Ride - 1:53.2!
It was A Sweet Ride indeed on Saturday (6/20) as Scott Mackenzie's determined pacer and Kevin Switzer, Jr took dead-aim on track record territory, falling just 1/5th of a second short in an ultra-impressive effort! Only 3 others have ever paced faster at the Downs; Wholly Louy, Shady Sabrina and the immortal Hotrod Falcon - What GREAT company to be mentioned with! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Sibling Rivalry - Equine Style!
It was certainly a Family Affair at the Downs on Friday (6/19) as Nick Graffam drove offspring of the broodmare Pass The Dessert to back-to-back victories for proud owner Diane Frazier. Four-year-old mare Dancers Pass (top) led things off with a career best effort in the sixth and not to be outdone by his little sister, five-year-old "Big Bro" Cyclone Pass took a new lifetime mark of 1:57 in the very next race! There should be plenty of bragging rights to go around as the siblings gather at the feed trough at the Norton farm after the races tonight - With one proud Mom looking on from the broodmare field! - photos by Derek Davis.
Graffam Grabs Two!
Driver Nick Graffam expertly controlled the action during the early portion of Thursday's (6/18) program claiming victory in both halves of the Daily Double. Not only did young Nick win the first two dashes of the day, but he put brand new lifetime marks on both his victorious steeds too! Here he coasts home in 1:58.1 behind Sinner's Prayer. What a great day for Graffam and his charges! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sunday Speed Show - Filly Style!
The week-long speed show continued at the Downs on Sunday (6/14) with Ashlee's Cool Gal stepping up to provide the emphasis. Here, with driver Drew Campbell guiding her home, the Maine-bred takes a brand new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 which just happens to be the third fastest mile recorded at the track this season! What an accomplishment! read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Dandy Day for Don Richards Stable!
Destination Moon N and Dude Goodblood hold off a jam packed field at the wire to claim victory in the $6000 feature race at the Downs on Saturday (6/13). The tele-timer certified the race in 1:53.4, the fastest of the 2015 season thus far and just 3/5-second off the Track-Record! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Thro Time (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) took full advantage of a lightning fast racetrack on Friday (6/12), throwing in his fastest clocking in over two seasons with the veteran trotter stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.2! The effort was just 1/5th-second off the track standard for older geldings established by Waterloo Willie in 2013 and just 2/5th-second off the overall track record held by IPO Bluechip. Well done guys!!! - photo by Derek Davis.
60th Career Win for DreamLuck!
Classy veteran pacer, DreamLuck took torrid air to the quarter in 27.2 before ducking into the pocket seat at the behest of driver Gary Mosher on Thursday (6/11). The aggressive strategy paid handsome dividends when the 12-year-old son of the great Camluck scored for the 60th time in his illustrious career! The win was one of two on the card for Gary Mosher as the veteran campaigners came through! Way to go guys!!! - photo by Derek Davis.
Foxxy Trotter gets Milestone Win!
The veteran trotting mare, Fox Valley Shannon, won for the 40th time in her illustrious career on Sunday (6/7) for owner/trainer Elizabeth Richardson. Now with over $300K in career earnings to the trotter's credit, class certainly came through in spades for her as we closed out a successful Belmont Stakes Weekend at the Downs! The win was one of four on Sunday's card for leading driver Drew Campbell! - photo by Derek Davis.
American Pharoah Wins The Triple Crown!
Congratulations to American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza who become the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978! And thanks to all the fans and horsemen who took part in our celebration at Scarborough today! The party never stops at the Downs!
Four Across the Wire!
Friday's (6/5) race card featured exciting finish after exciting finish but none as thrilling as was found in this jam packed photo in the third where Mr Bo Didley, handled by driver Dan Deslandes, held off the cavalry charge to notch his maiden win! What a race! - photo by Michael Newman.
Mosher Masters the Mud!
Veteran teamster, Gary Mosher, proved masterful over the off-rated track on Sunday (5/31) as the man in red and green guided three winners over the gooey going - All on the front-end! Mosher now sits 51 wins away from 6000 career scores and with the guy driving the way he is right now, he'll reach that plateau in very short order! Go Gary Go!!! - photo by Michael Newman.
Switzer Sizzles On Saturday!
Kevin Switzer, Jr and Legerdepan (right) hold off a cavalry charge to claim victory in the $6000 Free For All on Saturday (5/30) at Scarborough Downs. It was the 5th win of the day for the driver, and the 3rd win in a row for the race mare. What a great race! - read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Mystican is Marvelous!
Kevin Switzer, Jr. held the hot hand at the Downs on Friday (5/29), putting together a grand-slam performance while grabbing top honors in half of the 8 races carded! Here he and Mystican sit calm, cool and collected while gliding down Victory Lane! Switzer now moves up to third place in the driving standings following his torrid day - Congrats! - photo by Michael Newman.
Legerdepan - Queen of the Distaff!
In the center of the raceway, Legerdepan and Kevin Switzer, Jr. hold off the inside challenge of Ashlee's Cool Gal and the outside threat of Fashion Ruffles to claim victory in the first Fillies & Mares Free For All of the 2015 season. Three across the track in 1:57.2! Does it get any better than that?!! - photo by Derek Davis.
Only The Lonely in Near-Track Record Mile!
Making his very first state of Maine start on Saturday (5/23), Only The Lonely with driver Eddie Davis, Jr., just missed equaling one of the oldest Track Records on the books when they stopped the tele-timer in 1:54.1! The effort came within whiskers of matching Prince Ebony's standard for aged stallions set during the 1990 edition of The Presidents Pace, with driver Ron Pierce getting home in 1:54 flat! We've got a feeling that ancient record may be in jeopardy soon with this new fleet stallion setting up shop at the Downs! read the release here - photo by Michael Newman
General Bill Brown Leads the Charge!
Team Athearn enjoyed a remarkable day at the races on Friday as the husband/wife combo of Mark and Gretchen sent both of their starters to the winners circle! Here, General Bill Brown confidently gets up by a nose over the pace-setting Muscana in the evening's feature event. The driving win was one of three on the program for the lightning hot Mark Athearn! - photo by Derek Davis.
Bachelors Revel at The Downs!
Scarborough Downs has always been a perfect place to hold Bachelor Parties and on Sunday (5/17) a large contingent of guys gathered to wish their buddy the best! Got a wedding coming up? Get to the Track for one last day of freedom! We'll help make you bachelor party an event to remember! - photo by Michael Newman.
KS-2 wins Five!
The torrid teamster celebrates with the bachelor party guys on Sunday (5/17) with the Bride and Groom-to-be on his left. What a GREAT day to be at the track! - photo by Michael Newman.
American Pharaoh Romps in the Preakness!
Super Horse, American Pharaoh, continued his march toward Triple Crown Glory on Saturday, adding an effortless win in the Preakness to his hard fought victory in the Kentucky Derby. Join us on Belmont Stakes Day - Saturday June 6 - as the Triple Crown Party continues at Scarborough Downs!
Wisher Wins Big Upon Return to the Downs!
Adrian Wisher Jr. made a HUGE splash this weekend when he moved his stable back to Scarborough Downs, scoring 6 wins from 7 horses entered! Here Standupnkissme earns his 35th career victory lap in harness to Kevin Switzer, Jr. - What a great team! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Jitterbug Hanover Dances to Victory!
Jitterbug Hanover (#3) made his first start of the year a winning one, crushing a field of claimers timed in a sterling 1:56 flat on Saturday (5/9). The score was one of three wins on the day for trainer Adrian Wisher, Jr. who was also making his first start of the season at the Downs after trucking in from the mid-Eastern seabord circuit. The win was one of three on the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. too! Three's were WILD at the Downs on Saturday! - photo by Derek Davis.
Congratulations to American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Kentucky Derby!
The Triple Crown Party Continues at the Downs on Preakness Stakes Day - Saturday May 16th - Get to the Track!!!
Eric Davis Scores First Win at The Downs!
Eric Davis' face can't mask his excitement at winning his first race as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/26) at the Downs. Here he steers Big Heart convincingly from off the pace to secure the victory! Congratulations Eric! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Grand Slam on Saturday for Eddie Davis, Jr!
Eddie Davis, Jr moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the drivers' standings on Saturday while scoring 4 wins on the card. Here he crosses the wire on top with the classy pacer, Print It. The win was the 58th career victory for the 13-year-old campaigner! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Guess whoTops the Charts in the USA?
With Drew Campbell winning races at a record clip this year its tough for the other drivers to grab their fair share. Frank Petrelli did just that on Sunday (4/19) though as two tough race mares battled each other through the stretch with MS SOLONGBYEBYE holding off the determined charge of the Campbell teamed Miss Paula D! Excellent race! - photo by Michael Newman.
Campbell Cops the Fifth!
The Campbell Cavalcade continued on Saturday (4/18) as the torrid teamster followed up last Sunday's six win performance by scoring five more wins on the card. Here he holds off the onslaught to get Bettor's Night home in the finale. The man is absolutely on fire right now holding nearly twice as many wins as his closest competitor! What will Drew do next? - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Check out all the FUN & EXCITEMENT in store for you this week end at the Downs!
Campbell Grabs a Six-Pack!
Drew Campbell dominated the action at the Downs on Sunday winning six of the ten races carded! Here he guides ASHLEE'S COOL GAL to victory timed in 1:56.1, the fastest mile recorded yet this year! read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
JJ's Jet Soars to the Fastest Mile of the Year!
The third time proved the charm for JJ's Jet on Saturday (4/11) as the Drew Campbell powered gelding stopped the clock in 1:57.2 while making his third start of the year. The fleet clocking was the fastest mile of the young Scarborough meet and with it, Campbell moved one up on Gary Mosher in the current drivers standings! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Check out all the FUN & EXCITEMENT planned for the upcoming week!
We're All Just "Mad About Saffron"!
As Team Athearn grabbed both ends of the Daily Double on Sunday (4/5), the fans holding the $30 win tickets could be heard singing a verse from the old Donovan song, Mello Yellow, "I'm just mad about Saffron, Safron's mad about me"! - read the release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Top Shelf Effort from Vodka Is Terror!
The Ron Cushing roster remained totally on fire Saturday (4/4), with the man in maroon and gold sending 3 more winners to the post en route to claiming the top spots in both the driver and trainer standings! Here he kicks things off in the first, toasting the fans with the 6-5 favorite, Vodka Is Terror - Cheers! - read the release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Check out all the GREAT specials coming up this weekend at The Downs!
Grand Slam Gary Comes Up Big at the Downs!
Gary Mosher came up HUGE on Sunday (3/29) scoring 4 wins from the 10 races programmed. Here he narrowly squeaks by with long shot Warrawee Nonesuch over heavily favored JJ's Jet in the 8th returning a $21.20 win ticket! Way to go MR. 5900! read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Who Else But Drew on Opening Day?
Drew Campbell kicked off 2015 in high style as he confidently steered LUVNUISFUN off the car en route to a gate to wire score in Saturday's (3/28) opening event of year. This was the 2nd year in a row that Campbell won the first race of the new season at Scarborough Downs - We're betting it might not be the last! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Opening Day on Tap!
Check out our schedule and all our great specials this year as we get ready to kick off our 65th season! - read the press release here.
Qualifying Races Scheduled as 2015 Opening Day Approches!
Despite the harshest winter in recent memory, the Scarborough Downs track crew works diligently to prepare the raceway for Opening Day. The first round of qualifying races has been scheduled for Wednesday March 18 at 10:00 AM ... See ya at the races! - read the press release here.
Tuesday is a Snow Day!
Due to the impending blizzard, Scarborough Downs will be closed for simulcast wagering on Tuesday (1/27). Stay safe out there and rememebr to make plenty of Snow Angels!
To You and Yours, Merry Christmas, From All of Us at Scarborough Downs!
Drew Campbell Remains Top Dog at the Downs in 2014!
Drew Campbell threw in a Grand Slam performance on the closing day of the 2014 meet to cement his status as the track's top pilot! Here he accepts yet another Drivers Championship Award following his third win on the card - One of 199 wins that Drew put together at the Downs this season! - photo by Derek Davis.
Bo Sowers Secures 2014 Trainers Title!
Philip "Bo" Sowers survived a late season charge from the Randy Bickmore Barn to secure his first Scarborough Downs Trainer's Championship during the 2014 meet. His roster, rated 4th in all of North America with a .380 UTRS rating, scored 49 wins at the Downs this year - One more than his closest rival. Here, Bo's daughter Mackenzie Sowers accepts the Trainers Award on behalf of her Dad from Scarborough's Steve Cobbett - photo by Derek Davis.
Red Bullet Makes Last Start Before Joining Retirement Ceremony!
Six 14-year-old racehorses participated in the 8th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony on Saturday (12-20) at Scarborough Downs. Red Bullet, pictured above with his owner Doug Gray and driver Drew Campbell even put together a gritty 3rd place showing in the race just prior before joining the celebration - Way to go out on your own terms old fella! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Young Guns Dead Heat at The Downs!
During a weekend that was just about completely dominated by veteran driver Drew Campbell, a couple of "Young Guns" powered their way to the forefront on Sunday (12-7) as Nick Graffam and Dan Deslandes crossed the wire in lockstep with the photo-finish camera unable to separate Funny Lena from Carls Glory in the third. It was the third win in-a-row for Funny Lena and the 14th win of the season for Carls Glory! What a great day to be at the races! - photo by Derek Davis.
Snow? Sleet? Freezing rain? Nothing could keep Drew Campbell out of the winners circle on Saturday (12-6) as the meet's top stick scored scored 4 wins in-a-row during the mid-portion of the program. A perpetual force atop the Drivers Standings, Campbell now has 189 wins this season at the Downs and with 5 days of racing left this year, who can doubt that he'll crack the 200 win level? Campbell remains in complete command! - photo by Michael Newman.
On Wings Of Silver Sizzles in Victory!
A slight coat of mud may have dulled the red and gold colors of driver Michael Graffam on Friday (12-5) but On Wings Of Silver absolutely sparkled in the sun on the chilly December day! Here she wins for the 3rd time in her last 4 starts while joining her stable-mate, War Glory, in engineering back-to-back wins for the Graffam roster - All while reinforcing her status as the prettiest filly at the Downs this year! What a gorgeous girl! - photo by Derek Davis.
Who Do You Like?
In one of the tightest finishes of the week, Aggravator and Drew Campbell (far left) just got up over Dontgetnsampsonsway (Ron Cushing) and the pylon rallying Youragambler'sson (Dude Goodblood). The photo finish camera was surely put through it's paces as a mere neck separated the trio as they streaked to the wire on Monday (12-1). The win was one of two on the card for Campbell while Goodblood also doubled up during the day's action ... What a great way to kick off December racing at the Downs! - photo by Michael Newman.
UFO Sighting at The Downs!
Who's that alien-ish looking guy riding the UFO at the Downs? Why under all that mud its none other than 2012 driving champion, Shawn Thayer! He's seen here leaving the winners circle after getting Devil May Care home on top for her third consecutive win and the 42nd of her illustrious career! Looks like it'll be a 3 bucket day for both mare and man back in the paddock here but the mud is always a bit easier to take after a victory lap! - photo by Derek Davis.
Monday Racing on December 1 at the Downs!
As we all know, this weekend's live racing schedule has been seriously impacted by the snowstorm, a power outage and resulting poor track conditions. In order to accommodate all concerned, the decision has been made to race Sunday's card as scheduled on 11-30 and to carry Saturday's card to Monday December 1 with a 12:05 PM Post Time. Please note that the grandstand building will not be open on Monday with all wagering to be conducted in the clubhouse facility. See you at the races tomorrow!
Thro Time Wins Again!
Thro Time won for the 10th time this season as he stepped up from the optional $8000 claiming ranks to best an accomplished Open field on Sunday (11-23) and with that win cross over the $250K level in career earnings! The win was one of three on the day for top driver Drew Campbell and one of two from the powerful Adrian Wisher, Jr roster! Great job guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
1500 Wins for Kevin Switzer Jr!
Kevin Switzer Jr raises his whip in celebration as he guides Fulla Fire down victory lane on Saturday (11-22) - The 1500th winning strategy that the man in blue and black has engineered over the course of his career! Way To Go Kev! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Who is that Masked Man?
It was just another chilly day at the office for Kevin Switzer Jr on Friday as the man in the blue and black colors scored the first of three driving wins behind Fedigan's Glory. Switzer now sits just three more wins removed from career victory number 1500! Could the benchmark be reached on Saturday? Come out to the Downs to witness history for yourself - Post Time is at 12:05! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Glorious Day for Deslandes!
Driver Dan Deslandes teamed Carls Glory to her 12th seasonal score on Sunday as the razor sharp mare continues to make her case for Distaff Claimer of the Year honors here at The Downs. The win was one of two on the card for Dapper Dan who is now within 11 wins of securing the third spot in the drivers standings with 13 more days of racing to go this year! Both driver and mare have their eyes on the prize! - photo by Michael Newman.
It's Not Drew Campbell's First Rodeo!
Leading driver Drew Campbell put together a phenomenal day at the races on Saturday as the man in orange and black claimed victory in five of the nine races programmed. Here he caps off the amazing afternoon with a determined score behind the Aaron Hall trained, Not My First Rodeo! Way to work the bike Drew! - photo by Derek Davis.
14-year-old Bolero Loupet Battles Down Victory Lane!
The classy Bolero Loupet wins for the 59th time in his illustrious career with driver Josh Battles guiding the veteran war horse over the gooey going at the Downs on Friday (11-14). By rule all race horses must hang up their bridles at the conclusion of their 14-year-old season and this campaigner is certainly going out right on top of his game! Bolero Loupet will be one of the honorees to be feted during the annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony to be held at Scarborough Downs on Decemeber 14! It's a great day to be at the races so mark your calendars now! - photo by Michael Newman.
Back to Back Five Packs for KS-2!
Kevin Switzer, Jr wouldn't let a little thing like Sunday's power outage put a damper on his lightning hot streak ... So, with the races rescheduled for Tuesday, KS-2 came right back where he left off on Saturday scoring five more wins on Veteran's Day! Here, with steady hands and a steely gaze, he guides the trotter Aqua Lung down victory lane! - photo by Michael Newman.
Switzer Sizzles with Five Win Day!
The fans witnessed yet another great performance from KS-2 on Saturday as the the man in blue and black won 5 of the 8 races programed! - read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
No One Has the Answer to Puzzlement!
Confidently handled by driver Kevin Switzer Jr, Puzzlement soared to his 6th straight win on Friday (11/7) much to the delight of owners Jason Vafiades and the Debron Stables. The celebration was tempered though as the streaking trotter changed stables via the claim box following the race, plucked from the event for the $8000 claiming tag by new owner Gary Salamacha. Tune in next week as the lightning hot trotter goes for his 7th in a row! - photo by Derek Davis.
Thunder's Toy and KS-2 flaunt the Form of the Mudders!
Not even an off-rated racetrack could dampen the success of Kevin Switzer Jr on Saturday as he put together his 2nd consecutive Grand Slam performance. With 8 wins in his pocket and 10 races in store for tomorrow, how many can the man in blue and black rack up this weekend? Come find out for yourself - And remember that Post Time on Sunday has been moved up to 12:05! - photo by Michael Newman.
Pentagon Don Makes Final Start of Storied Career
The grand 14-year-old, Pentagon Don scored in front of the fans one last time as he made his 285th career start on Friday (10/31) with former trainer Eric Bickmore given the honor of the final drive. While the pride and joy of the Maynard Morrison Stable hangs up his bridle with 39 career wins to his credit, he will be back to the track one final time for Scarborough's annual retirement ceremony on closing day, December 21. Thanks for the memories Pentagon Don! - photo by Derek Davis.
Sassy Sarah Delivers Birthday Present for Owner!
Sassy Sarah comes up big time once again as she wins for the 63rd time in her illustrious career on Sunday. This win came on the occasion of her owner, Lisa Saindon's, birthday. That's got to be the best birthday present ever! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Our Favorite Beatle is Ringo!
Driver Drew Campbell refused to play second fiddle to anyone on Saturday as he added to his meet's leading tally with four trips down Victory Lane. Here he wears down the front running Manchine with the Randy Bickmore trained Ringo to grab his first win of the day. Just another day at the office for Mr Grand Slam! - photo by Derek Davis.
Sweet Victory for Flatrock Chocolate!
Flatrock Chocolate kicked off a very memorable day for owner Randy Tompkins and trainer Steve Murchison on Sunday. Her win was the first of three on the program for the duo who also paraded victoriously with Janco and Ashlee's Cool Gal! Great job guys! - photo by Derek Davis.
A Four-Bagger for Ingraham!
David Ingraham guides Sam Lucky down Victory Lane on Friday - One of four wins on the card for the man in Orange and Blue. Way to go David! Congratulations also go out to Kevin Switzer Jr who teemed three entries home on top and Mark Athearn, the only other driver to manage to wrestle a win away from these guys!- photo by Derek Davis.
After Burners Ignite for Fritzie Rocket!
Joe Burke guides Fritzy Rocket (left) to his 30th career win during Maine Amateur Driving Club competition on Sunday (10-12). The classy pacer moved past the $250,000 mark in lifetime earnings in the process. Way to go guys! - photo by Michael Newman
Everything's Coming Up Roses for Mary Rose Of Topaz!
Mary Rose Of Topaz scored her 11th consecutive win in the $85,001 Maine Sire Stakes filly final on Saturday. Check the huge smile on overjoyed driver Kevin Switzer Jr's face! - photo by Derek Davis
"She gets a little hot leaving out sometimes so I let her settle a bit before letting her leave on her own," Switzer explained, "and then when that horse came at us in the last turn I wasn't too concerned, all I said to her was 'please don't run!'"
David The Saint is Simply Heavenly!
Mark Athearn raises his whip in triumph as David The Saint grabs top honors in the $85,044 Maine Sire Stakes colt pacing final - And the crowd went absolutely wild! - photo by Michael Newman
"He'll always pass one horse and that's all I had to get past today," Athearn commented after receiving a kiss from his wife Gretchen, who is also the horse's trainer, "He's been good all year and will always dig in when they come at him so I felt pretty confident as we turned for home."
Pembroke Castaway Maroons the Competition!
Driver Heath Campbell is whistling a happy tune as he guides Pembroke Castaway to victory in the $84,936 Maine Sire Stakes colt trotting final on Saturday! - photo by Michael Newman
"He just got right at the right time" Heath Campbell remarked, "He just didn't race hard last year but put it all together as a three-year-old. He's turned into a pretty nice colt."
Shes A Castoff and Goodblood - Very Good Indeed!
Dude Goodblood guides Shes A Castoff to victory in the $84,654 Maine Sire Stakes filly trotting final on Saturday - Her 11th win of the season! - photo by Derek Davis
"I wasn't too anxious" driver Goodblood remarked, concerning taking early air, "We'll just let her record speak for itself. She grew up a lot from her two-year-old season (when she went winless) got a lot smarter and got a lot better."
The Magical Bibbidi Boo!
Bibbidi Boo caps a perfect 10 for 10 freshman campaign with a track record performance in the two-year-old Maine Sire Stakes Finals! The Maine-bred is the winningest two-year-old filly trotter in the nation right now - Maine leads the way! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Wildcat in Track Record Performance!
Drew Campbell Raises his whip in salute to the memory of his mother Linda as he and his brother Heath guide the "Pembroke Entry" to a one-two finish in the colt division of the Maine Sire Stakes Finals. Here Pembroke Wildcat finishes on top by the narrowest of margins over Pembroke Maverick timed in 1:57.2! That cat was flying! - photo by Michael Newman.
Just Say Mo Saves Best Fot Last!
Flying three-wide off the final turn, Just Say Mo and Kim Ireland claim victory in the $57,229 colt trotting final. It was the first lifetime win for the freshman trotter and it came during the biggest race of his career! Way to go Mo! - photo by Derek Davis.
Eat Your Enemy Gobbles Up the Competition!
By all accounts, Eat Your Enemy is the sweetest little filly while in the barn but on Stakes Final Day she was a bearcat on the raceway! Both she and driver John Nason have their game faces on as they roar to victory in the Maine Sire Stakes filly pacing division!! - photo by Michael Newman.
Sibling Rivalry Equine Style!
Full Sisters battle each other to the wire with 5-year-old A As Glory just getting up over her little 4-year-old Sis Carl's Glory in the final strides! Girl Power at the Downs on Sunday! Read the full story here.
Eddie Davis Jr Owns the Raceway on Sunday!
Eddie Davis Jr scored 5 wins on the 8 race program Sunday including this convincing romp with a trotter named Friendship. Eddie and driver Dan Deslandes teamed up to grab all the trips down victory lane on Sunday as the duo completely dominated the action! Way to go guys! - photo by Michael Newman.
Stakes Fillies Shine on Saturday with LP's Shyla Showing the Way!
LP's Shyla just gets up at the wire over the front running Cheryl Leigh to notch her 2nd Maine Sire Stakes win this summer. The victory was one of three on the program for driver Kevin Switzer! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
The Fighter Battles to a New Track Record!
Driver Mark Athearn guides The Fighter to a new Track Record on Sunday, erasing a benchmark that had stood for nearly 17 years! The Don Richards trainee is now the fastest 3-year-old trotting colt to ever win a race at Scarborough Downs! Amazing! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
3 Straight Sire Stakes Wins for Fast Dell!
Fast Del glides to his 3rd straight win to the delight of driver Gary Mosher - One of 3 wins on Sunday's card for the veteran teamster. Check out the huge grin on Gary's face as they cross the finish line! Congratulations guys! - Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Rodeo Du Ruisseau Scores His 66th Career Win!
Rodeo Du Ruisseau and driver Eddie Davis, Jr both came to the races with their game faces on today. While Achilles Blue Chip may have eclipsed his state of Maine record in last weekend's Hight Memorial, the old War Horse served notice today that there is still plenty of spring left in those 12-year-old legs! Way to go Rodeo! - photo by Derek Davis.
Scarborough Downs Drivers Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Even Track Announcer Mike Sweeney donned his old colors to join in on the Challenge ... The baton has now been passed to the drivers at Saratoga and Yonkers ... Come on guys, don't let us down! - photos by Michael Newman.
Check out the video here http://youtu.be/n-qexESoxOE
Mary Rose Of Topaz Streaks To Her 5th Consecutive Stakes Score!
With regular driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. dominating the action at Skowhegan State Fair (winning 7 of the 11 races on the program), trainer Ralph Andersen named himself as catchdriver on Saturday and came up smelling like a rose as he ably extended his filly's win streak to five! Way to go Ralph! - photo by Michael Newman.
The Campbell Cavalcade Continues!
Drew Campbell dominated on Sunday scoring 5 wins from the 8 race program! Here he cuts the mile with Jon Chenard's LADYOFCASTLEBROOK who picked up her 7th win of the season! Congratulations all around! - photo by Derek Davis.
Mary Rose Of Topaz and Switzer Sizzle on Saturday!
Maine Sire Stakes fillies headlined the card on Saturday but driver Kevin Switzer, Jr completely stole the show with 5 driving wins at the Downs and 8 state of Maine scores on the day! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
On Wings Of Silver Flies to Victory!
Wallace Watson gets vocal in the sulky as he cajoles On Wings Of Silver to her very first Sire Stakes score - And at 24-1 odds to boot! $50 win tickets are pretty cool things to have! - photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Mistress Jilts the Competition - Sets New Track Record!
Pembroke Mistress secured her 6th straight Sire Stakes win on Friday and erased a 21-year-old Track Record just for good measure! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Orderingin Sets New Track Record Too!
Orderingin completes the Record Setting day for driver Heath Campbell! - photo by Michael Newman.
Tickled Pink About Family Fun Day!
Horseshoe decorating was such a popular activity last weekend! The creations were absolutely amazing!
Pembroke Maverick Throws Sailor Jerry Overboard in Maine Sire Stakes Action!
Pembroke Maverick scores the first win of his career in Maine Sire Stakes action on Sunday. The Heath Campbell driven colt ended the six-race win streak of his rival, Sailor Jerry. Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Ms Cape Coral Sparkles at Scarborough!
Ms Cape Coral holds off a fast closing Can Can Cruiser to secure her 3rd career victory on Friday. The win began a hot day for driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who steered 3 winners down Victory Lane! - photo by Michael Newman.
Fashion Ruffles Scores Back-To-Back Wins!
Fashion Ruffles smiles pretty for the camera while securing her 2nd win this week. With her flowing mane making a keen fashion statement, she crosses the wire on top to secure the 3rd win on the card for her driver David Ingraham! -photo by Derek Davis.
Pembroke Wildcat Flaunts the Form of the Mudder!
Pembroke Wildcat thrived on the muddy course Sunday as he claimed his third straight Maine Sire Stakes win! We think that's Heath Campbell in the seat! Read the press release here - photo by Derek Davis.
Randy Bickmore Brings Home the Bacon!
Randy Bickmore guides Daughtry Hanover to the narrow margin to claim top honors in Maine Amatuer Driving Club action. The MADC and the MHHA were both instrumental in the success of the 4th annual Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day on Saturday. Read the press release here - Photo by Michael Newman.
Pembroke Prayer Outduels Victory Tax in Free For All!
Pembroke Prayer outduels Victory Tax in a gritty deep stretch battle to just get up at the wire in Friday's feature. The Campbell Brothers were working pretty hard too! - photo by Michael Newman.
Pembroke Mistress Refuses to Play Second Fiddle!
Pembroke Mistress remains undefeated in Maine Sire Stakes Action as part of a huge day for Team Varney! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.
Smooth Sailing For Sailor Jerry!
Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he remained undefeated in Maine Sires action on Sunday. Read the full press release here - photo by Michael Newman
Kimmie Cam Can!
The fans appreciated the fine performance of driver Dan Deslandes on Saturday as he scored three wins on the 8 race program. Here he guides Kimmie Cam down victory lane! - photo by Derek Davis.
C C C says Yes Yes Yes to Winning!
C C C proves the horses for courses theory on Friday as he glides to his 2nd win in a row while racing at Scarborough Downs. The 4th generation Maine-bred loves trotting at The Seaside Oval! Photo by Michael Newman.
Analyze Scores Her 2nd Straight Sire Stakes Win!
Owner/trainer Mike Graffam confidently guides Analyze to her 2nd career win in Maine Sire Stakes action Thursday (7/17), zooming home timed in 2:00.1! Read the full press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Dansan Flicka Upsets in Maine Sires
Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday and Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) grabbed victory at 22-1 odds!Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Drew Does It Again!
Drew Campbell continued on his torrid streak steering 3 winners down Victory Lane on Friday. Here he assumes the "luge position" behind David McClellan's Bonus Miles. Photo by Derek Davis.
A Fifth For Drew!!!
Drew Campbell remains the hottest force on the raceway scoring 5 wins on Thursday's 8 race program! photo by Michael Newman
Smallwood Sizzles in Stakes Action!
Maine Sire Stakes action! ALITTLEBITCOUNTRY, owned and trained James Smallwood, of Windsor, ME, took a speedy new lifetime mark of 1:58.4 on Sunday, erasing nearly 5 seconds from his previous best, with driver David Ingraham calling the shots. Way to go! Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Read the press release here.
Photo by Michael Newman.
Donna Smith wins with Kaja
It's not often we get to see the ladies out on the racetrack, and we love celebrating their wins! Congrats to Donna Smith for her win in Race 1 on a rainy July 4th with KAJA, who is trained by her mom, Ramona Smith! Way to go, Donna! Harness racing is all about families! Photo by Michael Newman.
Varney Trotters Continue Dominance
Stakes Action! Maine sire stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/3) with the two-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. The appearance marked the second week that the freshman turkey footers graced the Seaside Oval and once again, the William Varney-owned entries dominated. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Campell Scores Win # 3,500!
Driver Drew Campbell hit career victory number 3,500 in Race 12 on Sunday (6/29) aboard IT HURTS ME, trained by Adrian Wisher. #CampbellinCommand Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Deslandes Wins Three
Congratulations to Dan Deslandes for his three driving wins on the eight-race program on Friday! Victory was his in race 6 with OUR GIRLS CHANCE N, above, owned by Richard Knight of Westbrook and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the 13-year-old paceing mare's 24th career win - congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.
Varney Trotters Dominate
Thursday's Maine-bred action was completely dominated by the trio of driver Heath Campbell, trainer Valerie Grondin and owner William Varney, who sent three trotters to the winner’s circle. Above it was Pembroke Jack B who glided pillar to post to establish a brand new lifetime mark of 2:06.3, his second win from two career starts, earning the lion’s share of the $10,304 purse. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Bullseye Targets the Winner's Circle!
BULLSEYE, owned by Alroy Chow, MD (who once owned the esteemed MY BILL FORWOOD, a two-time winner of the President's Pace back in the 1990s), and trained by Dana Childs, was a winner in the 3rd race on Friday at The Downs, giving Kevin Switzer the first of two wins on the day's 9-race card. This was the 3-year-old pacer's first lifetime win - Congratulations! Also congratulations to DREW CAMPBELL for 3 driving wins on the program! Photo by Michael Newman.
You Go, Girl!
YOU GO GIRL (trained by Steven Vafiades and driven to victory by Drew Campbell) had a nice win in Race 6 on Thursday (6/19). With a name like that, it's just fun to cheer her to the finish line: You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.
Fast as a Ferrari!
FERRARI SENA (Gary Mosher) sped away with the lion's share of the $8,000 purse in the Fillies & Mares Free For All on Sunday, Father's Day! This was the mare's first start at the Downs and she did not disappoint owner/trainer Serge Nadeau of Scott, Quebec! You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First
Who says Nice Guys finish last? MR. NICE GUY, owned and trained by Kim Ireland, beat out the field of top level pacers on Saturday (6/14) thanks to an expert drive by The King (Kevin Switzer). Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Davis Wins Three
Congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who expertly steered three to the Winner's Circle on a rainy Friday at The Downs. Pictured above was win #3 with WATERLOO WILLIE, who trotted his way to victory in Race 7; giving trainer Steve Robinson and owner Paul Cloney two wins on the day's program. Congratulations to all! See all the day's winners here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Cruzin Maverick - his first start was a winning one!
Two-year-old colt, CRUZIN MAVERICK, owned, trained and driven by Stephen La Casse of Rochster, NH, showed that he has what it takes out on the racetrack on Thursday (6/12) when he won his first race ever! Drawing from post postion 6, the newcomer paced the mile in a wire-to-wire 2:08.3. Welcome back, Mr. La Casse! Photo by Michael Newman.
A Birthday Celebration at the track!
What could be more fun than a surprise birthday celebration with family and friends at the races? Happy 30th Birthday to Tonya & Norman Ng, thank you for celebrating your special day with us (and DIANA BLUE CHIP, and driver Eddie Davis, Jr.!). Because they booked their group in advance, they got free programs, a race dedication, a free picture in the Winner's Circle to take home, and a free "how to bet" session! Book your group today! Photo by Derek Davis
Switzer Jr. Sizzles on Saturday!
Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. (pictured with Art of Illusion, victor of the $10,000 Dirigo Pace) scored seven wins on Saturday's 11-race program, placing him firmly in 2nd place on the leader's board. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.
Rose Alba is a Winner!
It was a good day for Maine-bred trotter, ROSE ALBA, who had had her fist lifetime win on Sunday at Scarborough Downs! The 4-year-old daughter of Boy Band is owned and trained by Michelle Hardin of Cumberland and driven to victory by John Beckwith. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Go Team Athearn!
Congratulations to trainer Gretchen Athearn (and the entire Athearn/Rohr Family) for back-to-back training wins on Saturday (5/31). It was YOURAGAMBLER'SSON (pictured above with Mark Athearn driving) in Race 4... Look at him FLY! ... and SCAMP FINESSE (Mark Athearn) in Race 5. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Wolf's Milan Establishes New Lifetime Mark
WOLF'S MILAN (with driver Eddie Davis, Jr. and trained by Ed Fournier, Jr.) was the victor in the $6,000 feature trot on Friday, establishing a new lifetime mark of 1:59! Congratulations to all the connections! Photo by Derek Davis.
Eddie Davis, Jr. Scores Four!
Driver Eddie Davis, Jr. scored four wins on the 10 race program on Sunday (5/25)! One of those wins was in Race 7 with the great PAN TAYLOR, trained by Adam Gray Stable. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
A Family Tribute
The Family of Jack Gray (gathered on right) visited the Downs on Saturday for their annual family outing and today they paid special tribute to the family patriarch, who passed away last month. Jack was an avid fan of harness racing at Scarborough Downs; they dedicated Race 6 in his memory (won by GOIN SHOPPIN, owned and trained by David McClellan and driven by Mark Athearn). If you'd like to plan your outing at the races, for any occasion, contact Susan Higgins at 207-883-4331 x1002 or email email@example.com! It's fun for the whole family! Photo by Michael Newman.
The King Rules!
Driver Kevin Switzer ("The King") completely dominated the activity at Scarborough Downs on Friday (5/23) claiming victory in five of the eight races programmed. Included among the tally were two from Switzer’s own roster, Colby’s Victory, who scored his third win in a row on Friday, and Cisco Hanover, who took a seasonal mark of 1:58.4. Above Switzer wins with Thro Time, trained by Adrian Wisher. The King rules! Photo by Derek Davis.
Switzer, Jr. on Top!
Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. continued his dominance on Sunday (5/18) at Scarborough Downs as he added four wins on the post-Preakness Stakes day card to go along with his three-win tally on Saturday. (Above is with PLEASE SWEETIE in Race 3, trained by Elisha Lafreniere). His sterling weekend performance propels him into second place on the leader’s board with 29 seasonal wins, trailing perennial powerhouse Drew Campbell by 13 top tallies. Go, Kevvie! Photo by Derek Davis.
Ireland Stables Score Two!
Driver/Trainer Kim Ireland, out in front, drove two of his charges down Victory Lane on Sunday (5/11) for a driving and training double on the eight-race program: Mapple Bi in the Race 3 and Bad Boy Bernie (above) in Race 6! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Also Congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for scoring three wins on the Mother's Day card! It was a good weekend for Campbell, who firmly tops the leaders board!
Three for Campbell!
Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday (5/11) scoring three wins on the eight-race program, including in the Free-For-All, which showcases the Downs' best of the best. Today it was PANCHESTER UNITED, trained by Dick Bartlett. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Welcome Back, Wisher Trainees
The telltale purple and white colors are back! Trainer Adrian Wisher has returned to Maine from racing down at Freehold, and his horses did a great job on their first day back on Friday (5/9) -- he scored two training wins on the day's program! The first win was in Race 1 with Fox Valley Spencer (Kevin Switzer), and the second was in Race 5 with Deliberate, driven by Kevin Switzer. Way to go, Mr. Wisher, and welcome back! Also congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for his three wins on Friday's program! Photo by Derek Davis.
Deslandes and Winemaster Hanover
Driver Dan Deslandes scored two driving wins on the 8-race program on Sunday (5/4); one of those wins was with WINEMASTER HANOVER, pictured above, owned by Kevin Gee and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the trotter's 3rd win in a row - Way to go! Photo by Michael Newman
Go KitKat, Go!
Congratulations to KitKat Du Ruisseau, driven by Drew Campbell and trained by David McClellan, winner of the $8,000 Fillies and Mares Free For All on Sunday (4/27)! This was the 8-year-old daughter of Camluck's 23rd career win - You go, girl! Also congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who had three wins on the day's program! Photo by Derek Davis.
Eddie Davis, Jr. Wins Three Including the Free For All
Eddie Davis, Jr. held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4/26), steering three down victory lane, but none more impressively than ART OF ILLUSION, who grabbed top honors in the $8,000 Free-For-All. Read more here. Photo by Michael Ne wman.
Read more here. Photo by Michael Ne
Abel Gets the Job Done!
Driver/trainer Ryan Abel got the job done in Friday's $3,200 Maine Amateur Driving Club race with pacer, J VS TANK (above). And congratulations go to driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for scoring three driving wins on the day's 8-race program! Way to go, guys! Photo by Derek Davis
Cactus Creek Out Front!
Veteran pacer CACTUS CREEK (with driver Shawn Thayer) took his 42nd lifetime trip to the Winner's Circle on Sunday (4/20) in the program's finale. The classy 11-year-old son of Art's Place, trained by Jamie Gerard, showed his fans that he still has what it takes! The mile was timed in 1:58. Winslow Hustler (Alex MacDonald) was second. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.
Graffam Connections - ON FIRE!
The Graffam Stables/Norton Farm connections had a great day at the track on Saturday (4/18). First, driver Nick Graffam had a 3rd with SAMARDI SHUTTLE in Race 1, then he won with the Jeff Graffam trainee, FEAR ITSELF, in Race 3...then in Race 6, driver Derek Howes had a win with the Mike Graffam trainee, FUNNY LENA (pictured above) - her first win of the season! Lena's owners, Peter and Sharon Harvie of Brunswick, were ecstatic! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mosher Wins Three
Congruatulations to driver Gary Mosher who had three wins on the 8-race program on Friday (4/18) - one of those was with trotter WATERLOO WILLIE, pictured above, a Steve Robinson trainee, who himself had two training wins on the program! Congratulations to all for jobs well done! Photo by Michael Newman.
Nick Graffam: Rookie Pilot on the Move!
Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner’s circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13). Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Parting shots.... Sunday's Retirement Ceremony
Caiden gives Art By Keene his bouquet of carrots in the Winner's Circle at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony on Sunday (4/13). Photo by Derek Davis.
Art By Keene
Stephanie Gray rides one of Sunday's retirees, Art By Keene, off the track at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony. Photo by Derek Davis.
Welcome Back, Come on Kathryn
Trainer Randy Smith returned to Maine for the summer after a winter in Ohio - his mare, Come on Kathryn, above, won her first start back to the Downs on Sunday (4/12), piloted by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. who had three wins on the program! Congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.
Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First
Mr. Nice Guy and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr., take the win in the $6,000 Free-for-All Pace on Sunday (4/6). Photo by Michael Newman. Read the release here.
Campbell scores 4!
Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday with four wins on the eleven race program! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Opening Day a Success!
Opening Day was a great success! Good crowd and excellent racing -- driver Drew Campbell got things started with the first win of the day! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.
Life After Racing
This is a picture of Nipas One, a Standardbred racehorse who retired in 2009; he was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Hoof Beats, where his new owner, Pamela Rhodes, wrote a beautiful article about his new life. Read it here!
This is a picture of Nipas One, a Standardbred racehorse who retired in 2009; he was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Hoof Beats, where his new owner, Pamela Rhodes, wrote a beautiful article about his new life. Read it here!